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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | [Stephen King]

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2014

Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Male, 2014

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep."

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

©2013 Stephen King (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Will Patton's delivery enhances King's prose in ways that make King's work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it…Patton's narrative voice captures the rhythm of King's words. His character voices, filled with a variety of regional American accents, remain consistent. Most importantly, the sinister aspects that embody characters and moments of this novel are superbly executed and will certainly leave listeners on edge." (AudioFile)

"King, not one given to sequels, throws fans a big, bloody bone with this long-drooled-for follow-up to The Shining." (Booklist)

"…a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance's story." (Publisher’s Weekly)

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    D. ARLINGTON, TX, United States 11-24-13
    D. ARLINGTON, TX, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "King continues his triumphant return to form"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Stephen King continues his fantastic return to form with Doctor Sleep. Following Dumas Key and Under the Dome, Doctor Sleep is not just a sequel to The Shining, it's a riveting enjoyable thrill ride that harkens back to why we fell in love with Mr. King in the first place. Clever, insightful and funny go hand-in-hand with exciting, scary and heart-stopping. I LOVE THIS GUY! Ranks among the best!


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Will Patton does a fantastic job. Great storyteller! I'll look for more books read by him.


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    The Knot or True Knot


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    James Renouf Canada 11-24-13
    James Renouf Canada 11-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic King"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    From very close the opening of the book, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Not since reading It, and Pet Cemetary had I actually had to stop reading and look around for the old rotting woman from room 237.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything it was spooky and touched on addiction and co-dependance, yet had a warm family angle that balanced it nicely.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both I laughed and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Any true King fan will love this book.

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    Sandra 11-23-13
    Sandra 11-23-13
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    I listen to my books at work, and looked forward each day to continuing with the book. It was a really good book.

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    Celenda Brentwood, MD, United States 11-23-13
    Celenda Brentwood, MD, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Gratuitous Scenes of Sexual Abuse from the start"
    What disappointed you about Doctor Sleep?

    While I appreciate that King's books have shocking themes and are meant to be horror stories, I was only able to get through about and hour and a half of this one before I'd had more than enough. The story begins with graphic descriptions of sexual abuse of a child by his grandfather and then goes on to a different part of the story line with even more graphical sexual abuse. I have never been a victim of sexual abuse, but have close friends who have been. This book needs a warning label since it would certainly be a trigger for many survivors of sexual abuse. I enjoy a good horror novel and am not easily offended by bad language or other potentially offensive themes, but this one is way over the top. I will be returning this title, mostly unread.


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    Amazon Customer 11-22-13
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    "Its Stephen King he never disappoints."
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    I always wondered what happened to Danny from the shining. How nice to finally know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    Finding the connection to the characters.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice really created the characters. I honestly thought it was Stephen King reading to me at first.


    Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

    Danny of coarse. Maybe Rose the hat.


    Any additional comments?

    This book does not disappoint. It is brilliant from beginning to end.

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    R. Davis Newnan, GA 11-22-13
    R. Davis Newnan, GA 11-22-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Fun followup to The Shining"
    Any additional comments?

    A worthy followup to The Shining. In addition, it has its own great story line.

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    John S MA 11-22-13
    John S MA 11-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Excellent sequel to the Shining"

    Although Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, I have hit or miss luck with his books Some I love, others I can't finish. This is one of his better ones as just as good as the original, the Shining. I always wondered what happened to the characters in the Shining, and now I know. It starts off kind of slow and "dark", but picks up the pace as it progresses. It is part your weird Stephen King novel, and part a story of redemption. I was excited to see Will Patton as narrator since I think he is one of the best. I always like his James Lee Burke narrations.

    If you want to tackle something briefer, listen to Kings previous novel, Joyland. That was great too. Under the Dome, 11-22-63, and The Stand are also great. At the 50th anniversary of Kennedy assassination, 11-22-63 is a timely read.

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    Bettina Wisconsin, United States 11-21-13
    Bettina Wisconsin, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2013

    I’m a Wife & Mother. I like reading Suspense, Classics and YA genre, but I occasionally venture out on a good recommendation. Ahem! Hint.

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    "I Think I Might Love Audiobooks....Wow!"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As this is the first audio book that I have listened to since Kindergarten, I loved it.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is who brings on the WOW!...He really brings every character to life. He does different voices and accents that are just PERFECT for keeping track of who's speaking. Maybe its because he is an actor. I'm thinking he picked that up from the many empromptu scenes he has done. Whatever the cause, I LOVED his style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was very Nostalgic, suspenseful, and intriguing, but no extreme reaction. I have read other books by the author that I believe had better storylines; However, with that being said, it was still a great read.I felt like I was included in Stephen's personal life journey a little, and I appreciated the candor of it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Everybody should experience Stephen & Will combine their talents.

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    Alison Washington, DC, United States 11-21-13
    Alison Washington, DC, United States 11-21-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but the narration of this was so fantastic, I'd recommend the audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    Just, wow. Fans of King know that you'll often need to suspend disbelief to lose yourself in one of his novels. Doctor Sleep is no exception, but the pay-off is well worth it. It's like a reunion to see little Danny Torrance, all grown up and battling his own demons... and what the years since The Shining have done with him. And King got creative - he didn't limit himself to simply writing a sequel - this book would stand on its own merits with the introduction of Abra Stone and all she brings to the storyline.

    Also? The idea that retirees driving RVs are actually an evil cult of spirits? Sheer brilliance.

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    Terri 11-21-13
    Terri 11-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the scariest King novel but I REALLY liked it"
    Any additional comments?

    First let me say that although I have been a member for a long time and have listened to SO many books, I VERY RARELY review a book and EVEN less frequently review a narrator.

    I really debated to committing to this three part novel and also a sequel. What others said is true this is a sequel to the book not the movie which is one reason I really liked it. While the movie was GREAT in its own right, it was not true to the novel. If you haven't followed King from the early years it is definitely worth going back and reading (listening to) The Shining first. I started with King novels back in the early 80s and read almost every novel he wrote as soon as it came out back then. I loved this story. There were so many elements and I think King took his time developing them, holding them back, revealing them slowly. I enjoyed getting to know his characters. I liked the flashbacks and references to The Shining.

    Another person commented on Rose and her band of "monsters" saying: "as far as the villains, i didn't find them as scary as the overlook or its inhabitants, but the one creepy thing about them was their plainness- how they are able to hide in plain sight. geezzz...maybe i'm contradicting myself! but i can honestly say i'll never look at a rv the same way again! seriously! even though the villains didn't scare me, i LOATHED them. i soo wanted them to get their comeuppance!"

    I could NOT say it any better. I kept trying to put a face to Rose in her good and bad form. They weren't the sexy young vampires of trite stories...and NO that is not a cut to any other specific work. I just think this comment is so true and what made these not so scary villains scary in a more subtle way. King at his sophisticated best!

    Now about the narrator Will Patton...I have been a fan of his from the Dave Robicheaux (sp?) novels. I have to say at first I was very distracted because I kept seeing my mind's versions of those characters who are SO different from these characters. I vaguely remember thinking I wouldn't be able to get past my past association with his previous work to relate to these characters...boy was I WRONG. I can't even identify when I shifted. Patton's narration, for me, was dead on.

    I looked to see how much time was left at the end because I both wanted the battle to be over but I didn't want the novel to end.

    I also have to say the last chapter was beautiful...just added to depth of the character development.

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